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Clarence Valley Council now represents an estimated 50% of the landmass of the northern rivers region. The Council area extends from the temperate New England Plateau to the Gibraltar Ranges, through rural lands and river plains to the Clarence Coast.
In 2004 the former Council's of Copmanhurst, Grafton, Maclean and Pristine Waters and activities of North Coast Water and Clarence River County Council were joined to create the Clarence Valley Council. The Council comprises an area of 10,440 km 2, employs over 500 staff, operates 5 administration centers, 10 works depots and serves 52,054 residents and ratepayers living in 44 towns, villages and city environs.
Life in the Clarence Valley, now and in the future, is based on a culture of sustainable living that protects and carefully utilises the natural environment; its beauty and resources; our cultural heritage and unique identity of our valley and its communities.
Our Sustainability Framework, sets out Council's approach to protecting and managing the values of the Valley and our communities. It provides a vision for the future and key goals to work towards.
Council's operations are based on five key goals of:
Protection of ecological systems - protecting the land; healthy waterways; protecting Biodiversity
Society and culture - good community relations; creative culture and recreation; community health and wellbeing
Human habitat - quality built environment and places; efficient transport and access options; effective essential services
Economy - efficient resource use; healthy economic activity; meaningful work and employment
Governance - accountability and compliance; participation and communication; resourcing and support